Center for Leadership

Global



Leadership requires global awareness. The CFL enables students to widen their lens on the world—and themselves—through global experiences. Whether they're studying abroad, pursuing a Global Scholars distinction, videoconferencing in the Global Classroom, or participating in international service projects, students develop an understanding of cultural, political, economic, and environmental connections and gain comfort and effectiveness in a range of settings and situations.

Beth Yavenditti, Director of Global Studies

Global education is so much more than travel. We live in a world that, in many ways, is getting smaller. We need to understand and respect each other—our economies, cultures, and beliefs. It starts with empathy. There is so much to be gained by feeling and BEING connected."


Global Partnerships & Exchanges

The CFL offers a growing exchange program with schools in Argentina, China, France, and New Zealand. Global exchanges allow students and teachers to benefit from extended stays and immersion in a different country and culture. The CFL's Global Classroom also enables individuals and classes to experience global exchanges via sophisticated videoconferencing capabilities.

France

In 2005, St. Luke’s School partnered with St. Michel de Picpus, a private school in Paris, France. In alternating years, students and faculty travel across the Atlantic to experience their partner school and region.  French classes and students communicate via email and Skype in both formal and informal ways leading to the actual exchange. In April, St. Michel students and faculty visit St. Luke's, spend time in classes and tour the metro NYC area. St. Luke’s students and faculty travel to France in June and spend a portion of their two-week stay with host families and a smaller portion traveling to culturally important sites within France.

Read more about St. Luke's students most recent trip to France.




China

Established in 2006, the partnership with Dong Chang High School in Shanghai, China is a cornerstone of the St. Luke’s Partner School programs. In alternating years, St. Luke’s sends and receives students from Dong Chang Senior High School in Shanghai. St. Luke’s students and faculty travel to China in March and spend a portion of their two-week stay with host families and a smaller portion traveling to culturally important sites within China.

Some remember the Great Wall, others The People's Square, but the most memorable part of the trip is experiencing everyday life unfold on the busy streets and quiet villages. 




Argentina

Beginning in 2009, St. Luke’s School established a partnership with St. Martin in the Fields, a bilingual day school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In alternating years, students from each school send and receive students and faculty members. In addition, St. Luke’s faculty members work with faculty members at St. Martin in the Fields to develop and implement a variety of lessons in order to conduct classes with both schools via videoconferencing.

Read more about St. Luke's students recent Argentinian adventures.


New Zealand

St. Luke's partners with Rangitoto College located in Auckland, New Zealand in offering an exchange program that leads to an authentic cultural immersion experience. In alternate years, St. Luke's and Rangitoto College sends two students to spend three weeks with a host family in each other's country.  Students attend classes and engage fully in student life at their host school. In addition to a wider appreciation for other cultures and peoples, participants also walk away with greater independence and self-reliance.


Read more about the most recent exchange in New Zealand. .

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St. Luke’s School is a secular private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.